Frequently Asked Questions

Lesson Info

ISR Self-Rescue® lessons happen five days a week for up to 6-8 weeks at a time. Your child will get about 50 minutes of one-on-one self-rescue lessons each week.  Please contact Shanon for info on upcoming sessions and availability.

Will I be in the pool with my child?

Not until the end of your child's lessons (if you choose to get in the water). Lessons are one-on-one and will accommodate  your child's experience level and needs each day.

What is the cost of lessons?

The initial registration fee for ISR Self-Rescue® lessons is $105. Weekly tuition is not included in this cost. Pay It Forward scholarships are available to families with financial need. Please contact Shanon for more info.

What will my child learn during lessons?

This depends on your child's age and physical abilities. Younger children will learn to roll back and float until help arrives. Older, more physically skilled children, will learn how to swim-float-swim to safety. ISR is unlike "traditional" swim lessons in that our focus is your child's ability to save their own life. These skills should make for a fairly seamless transition into "traditional" lessons. 

How long is each lesson?

Your child's safety is our top priority at ISR Self-Rescue®. Lessons typically last up to ten minutes each. Shanon checks a students core temperature during lessons to monitor when they start getting cold. Once a child is cold, Shanon will get them out of the water to recover and warm up. Temperature fatigue precedes physical fatigue. We never want a physically fatigued child in the water because it is unsafe.

Why ISR Self-Rescue®?

This one can be answered with one word. Results. There have been 800 documented cases where ISR students have used their self-rescue skills to survive a potential drowning situation. There are no gimmicks in ISR Self-Rescue®. We teach students to rely on nothing but their own body and  skills in the water to survive. This leads to competence and confidence  that will lead to a safer, more enjoyable experience in the water.

ISR QUICK HITS

ISR DAILY LESSON CHECKLIST

  

- Swim diaper


- Swim suit


- 3 towels


- Remind the baby sitter or day care team NOT to feed your ISR student within 1-hour (at least) of their lesson start time. No dairy for at least 2-hours. No apples for the entire lesson period!


- Any special safety protocols required for your child. Temperature reading about an hour before their lesson, EPI pen available, etc. You will know of any safety protocols for your child per your registration approval email.


- A positive attitude! Your child feeds off of your energy, so please be positive when it comes to ISR lessons. You are your child’s biggest cheerleader and we appreciate you!

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  

- Crying happens. I promise. We have your babies working hard during lessons. They might not love it at first, but even if they cry during every single lesson- they will still leave knowing how to save their own life!


- Babies might even spit up after their lesson. I will check their belly for distention while we are in the pool and I will burp the child between prompts. Some kids, however, are harder to burp than others and might spit up once they are back with their parent(s) and recovering. Please don’t panic. It happens. I promise. 


- The best thing that you can do for your child in regards to ISR lessons is NOT give into that fussing and crying. Instructors are willing and used to working with fussy students. It’s truly amazing to see a crying baby roll back and float when they are prompted to do so. 


- Think of it this way. You would MUCH rather have your child be loud and crying for help if they ever fall into water alone than not. You’re way more likely to hear a crying baby and realize that they need help than not. And if a child can still use their skills while being mad and screaming, imagine what they can do once that crying stops!


- I am here to ensure your child’s success in ISR lessons. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. If I don’t have time to chat much before or after lessons, you can text or call me anytime! 

PARENTS, PLEASE DON’T STRESS!

  

- Instructors know that it’s hard to hand your child over to a stranger. It’s especially hard to hand your crying child over to a stranger. Just know that this is the only way to ensure your child’s success in lessons. We cannot give into that crying and allow it to be a reason to keep kids out of the water for ISR lessons. Instructors can teach a crying baby/child just as much as we can teach a happy student. 


- Parents do not have to get into the water during ISR lessons. In fact, you don’t even have to watch them! If it’s too much for you to see your child crying, you are more than welcome to go to a different place until the lesson is over.  This might even be helpful to the child in calming down during the lesson. If they cannot see you, the child is more likely to calm down faster. This also makes it easier for your Instructor because the child will focus more on the lesson than looking at and reaching out for the parent. We don’t judge a parent who gets out of sight during their child’s lesson. Sometimes we encourage it!

THINGS TO KNOW

  

- Please inform your Instructor ASAP if your child will miss a lesson. 


- Please be sure to note and tell your child’s Instructor about any changes in sleep, appetite, medications given, or any changes to their bowels/urine. This information helps the Instructor change the lesson plan to accommodate your child and keep the lesson as safe as possible.


- Please do not bring a child to their scheduled lesson if they are running a fever, experiencing upset stomach, or if there is any other physical reason you feel that they should not swim that day. We know that no parent wants their child to miss a lesson, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.


ISR LESSON QUICK HITS

  

- Lessons happen 5 days a week for up to 10 minutes each


- Each session of lessons typically lasts between 4-6 weeks. A child could test out sooner or they may take a little longer. It depends on that child’s past experience in the water and what habits need to be broken in order to ensure their safety.


- Lessons are one-on-one. This means that your child will get about 50 minutes of dedicated Instruction per week.


- More physically skilled children will learn to swim-float-swim to safety. Smaller, less skilled children will learn to roll back to float until help arrives.


- Initial Registration for ISR is $105 and there is also weekly tuition paid directly to your child’s Instructor. Please talk to your Instructor for info on payment by check, Venmo, Paypal, etc.


- Please tag your Instructor on any social media posts that feature your child in lessons. We depend heavily on word of mouth. Please help us spread the word on these life saving lessons!  Tag Shanon on Facebook or Instagram- @ISRNTX.